Chanukah, meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the Chanukiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.

2023 Chanukah Schedule

Mascots and Menorahs
Monday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us in the Kaplansky Center for a Chanukah candle lighting with the UH clergy and Fredbird® and Louie, mascots for the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues!


Chanukah Shabbat with Nefesh Mountain 
Friday December 8

5:15 p.m. – Latke Bar

6:00 p.m. – Chanukah Shabbat with Doni and Eric from Nefesh Mountain

 7:00 p.m. – Sufganiyot Oneg

7:30 p.m. – Nefesh Mountain Chanukah Concert

Join us for our annual musical Chanukah Shabbat celebration. We will begin the service with the Chanukah candle lighting. The service will be followed by a sufganiyot oneg and a Chanukah concert with Nefesh Mountain.



Chanukah Blessing Sound Files

Chanukah Candles 1

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu Melech Ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav vetzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Chanukah.
Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of Chanukah.

Chanukah Candles 1 – Read


Chanukah Candles 2

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu Melech Ha’Olam, she’asa ni’sim la’avoteynu ba’yamim ha’heym ba’zman hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the Universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors in days of old at this time of year.

Chanukah Candles 2 – Read



Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu Melech Ha’olam, shehecheyanu, v’ki’y’manu, v’hi’gi’anu la’zman hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to celebrate this season.

Shehecheyanu – Read



For more on the history and traditions of Chanukah click here.

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